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Gow Langsford Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, was established in 1987 by John Gow and Gary Langsford. Although Gow Langsford Gallery is often associated with John Leech Gallery, which origins can be traced back to the mid-19th century, the former was created as a separate venture and with a different purpose in mind.

Gow Langsford, Lorne Street, Auckland (2008)
Gow Langsford Gallery, Lorne Street, Auckland


Gary Langsford and John Gow and jointly founded Gow Langsford Gallery in 1987 in a disused petrol station in Grey Lynn. The Gallery has been in several locations since its inception in 1987; Richmond Road, Auckland (1987 - 1990), The Strand, Auckland (1990 -1992), Kitchener St, Auckland (1993- current), Danks St, Sydney (2002 - 2004) Lorne St, Auckland (2008 - 2021) and is now solely based in its flagship premises on Kitchener St, directly opposite the Auckland Art Gallery. Over the past three decades Gow Langsford has mounted more than 500 exhibitions around the country and many abroad. In the years leading up to the 2020 global pandemic the gallery was participating actively in international art fairs and regularly showing at Art Basel Hong Kong and Sydney Contemporary.

Both Gow and Langsford pioneered the changing landscape of the New Zealand art world and have emerged as well-respected leaders of the local arts community. As well as building an audience for local art, Gow Langsford presents museum-quality exhibitions by significant international artists, often providing an opportunity to see works not previously exhibited in New Zealand. Although a commercial place of business, all exhibitions are free to the public and many are accompanied by free exhibitions catalogues.

Gow Langsford Gallery celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2017. Founding Directors John Gow and Gary Langsford were both appointed Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 New Year Honours. Long serving Gallery Manager Anna Jackson became Director of the gallery in 2015 and co-owner in 2020.

The Gallery has been more than a vocation for the directors who are passionate advocates for the Visual Arts and committed to the development of the careers of the artists they represent. Through their dedication they have fostered the growth of contemporary art in New Zealand and enabled the careers of many of this country’s most notable artists. Among them are Max Gimblett (ONZM), Paul Dibble (MNZM), John Pule (ONZM), Judy Millar, Dick Frizzell (MNZM), Karl Maughan, Shane Cotton (ONZM) and the late Tony Fomison (1939-1990) and Allen Maddox (1948-2000). Gow Langsford Gallery’s stable of represented artists is now comprised primarily of established artists from Australasia, but has also attracted artists from Europe and America. Furthermore, the Gallery brings in and mentors the next generation of artists. This includes sponsorship for an annual Gow Langsford Gallery Art Prize, awarded to an outstanding recent Visual Arts graduate who has demonstrated excellence and resilience in their field.


Gow Langsford is located in central Auckland directly opposite the Auckland Art Gallery. It represents both new and established artists and has mounted around 500 exhibitions since it opened its doors. Through their constant and varied exhibitions, Gow Langsford wishes to expose their artists to different types of audiences, hence, providing a forum for contemporary art on both the local and international scene.

Gow Langsford's recent exhibitions included works by several notable artists: Jacqueline Fahey, Tony Cragg, Max Gimblett, Dale Frank, and John Pule.

Represented Artists

  • James Cousins
  • Tony Cragg
  • David McCracken
  • Max Gimblett
  • Laurence Aberhart
  • Grace Wright
  • Katharina Grosse
  • Dale Frank
  • Simon Ingram
  • John Pule
  • Judy Millar
  • Darryn George
  • Hugo Koha Lindsay
  • Jacqueline Fahey
  • Jono Rotman
  • Paul Dibble
  • Dick Frizzell
  • Graham Fletcher[disambiguation needed]
  • Lisa Roet
  • Virginia Leonard
  • John Walsh
  • Michael Hight
  • Alex Monteith
  • Reuben Paterson
  • Gregor Kregar
  • Chris Heaphy
  • Antonio Murado
  • Bernar Venet
  • André Hemer
  • Allen Maddox
  • Sara Hughes
  • Karl Maughan
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